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Wenger: Ferguson should have been punished for Dean confrontation

FOOTBALL By - | December 28th 2012

- Daily Mail

Arsene Wenger believes Sir Alex Ferguson should have been punished for remonstrating with officials during Manchester United's 4-3 win over Newcastle.

Referee Mike Dean decided not to report Ferguson and the United boss escaped the FA’s wrath despite harassing Dean, the linesman and the fourth official about Jonny Evans's controversial own-goal on Boxing Day.

When asked if the Scotsman should have received some form of punishment, Wenger said: “If he didn't behave like he should have done, then yes.

“He will be the first to say that. We sometimes go overboard on the touchline and when you do that, you have to be punished.

“Whether it's me or Fergie or anyone else in the world, the rules are the rules. It is not rules for one person and rules for another. It's the same for everybody.”

He added: “We love the Premier League. It is watched all lover the world so we want it to be respected by fans for its behaviour.

“Should you behave like that - no. I did not always behave as I should and you can call that a bad example, yes. So when you go overboard, you have to be punished.

“The message it sends out when you look at the pictures is just not to behave like that.”

Wenger was also unconvinced that any official should be afraid of Sir Alex, regardless of whether they're playing at Old Trafford or not.

“Why should anyone be scared of anybody? You have the rules. You observe the rules, or not the rules. Why should anybody be scared of Ferguson, I don't understand that?

“There are rules and the referees act on that. They are professional people, they are paid for that. It's as simple as that.

“On the day they made a mistake. It does not mean they are not honest but they made a mistake.”

The Arsenal manager was sent to the stands by Dean at Old Trafford in 2009 after kicking a bottle when his side were denied a goal that would’ve secured a point for the Gunners.

After the match on Boxing Day, Ferguson told BBC: ‘I thought it was a bad decision, he (Cisse) was in an offside position first of all and then he grabbed Jonny Evans’s arm and if that is not interference I don’t know what is.’

Opposing manager Alan Pardew called for Ferguson to be punished after his team lost to a last-gasp winner from Javier Hernandez .

Pardew said: “I think Mike Dean might feel slightly disappointed he didn't do something about it. I think the pressure that was on him was tough for a referee to take. 

“Sometimes when you reflect on a game you think you might have acted differently. You do that as a manager and I think he might have done that as a referee. 

“But it's an emotional game and apparently they had a cordial discussion. I've had a few of those myself and sometimes I've ended up in the stands as a result of that cordial discussion. I think there were a lot of things the FA could look at. But it seems they are looking at none.”

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